Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Sat Dec 10, 2016 6:44 am

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 15 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 3:04 pm 
rider | rBoTM Winner
rider | rBoTM Winner
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:42 pm
Posts: 5133
Location: Wakefield, Yorkshire
For many years, ever since I was a young lad and in awe of riders like Rik van Looy, I have had a desire to own a bike in the iconic red and white Flandria colours. A few years ago I was given a frame that was unbranded and the idea quickly sprang to mind that this could be the means to enable me to achieve my boyhood dream.

In the 70's, Freddy Maertens, Michael Pollentier and Marc DeMeyer rode Flandria bikes with their own names so, as it was not a real Flandria frame, I decided to personalise my frame with the name of a has-been no-hoper rider of the same era. The actual Flandria type-face is, according to Flandria cycles, a special one so I used a near match from the standard range on the computer and had a local vinyl printers run a set off onto plain white vinyl. This provides the white panels. The coloured 'world champions' rainbow stripe decals are from Roger Spink and the headbadge is a 'doctored' version of the Flandria one.

Initially I tried a rattle-can paint job but it was extremely dissapointing so I bit the bullet and took it to Chris Marshall in Keighley. As well as filling a couple of dents he sprayed the plain red and fitted the decals and headset for me. He was wary of spraying the finishing stoving lacquer over the vinyls as he said that he has known the lacquer thinners to dissolve the printing so we played safe and attached them on top of the lacquer. The chroming is the original and while not perfect is quite acceptable for me.

The component build is a bit pragmatic as some of the fittings are slightly out of period such as the braze-on front mech and aero seatpin but I reckon that overall it gives the 'flavour' of the originals. The build is mostly Campag but currently it runs a Dura-Ace chainset purely because I can fit a 38t chainring rather than the 42t minimum of Campag. This is important to me these days! Similarly, Look pedals are fitted for practical reasons. I am hoping to get a pair of the earlier model white and red ones if possible.

The wheels in the photo are clinchers that I use on a day-to-day basis, I have a pair of Suntour Superbe LF on GP4 for sunny days!

I rode it last weekend both days and was quite happy with the result so it should join the stable of regular steeds.

Frame:Unknown but reasonably light tubing, at least 531 standard. 23" c-2-t with 22" top tube

Fork:Half chrome

Headset:Black anodised NOS Cobra
Stem:Cinelli XA 13cm
Handlebar:Cinelli 63-40
Bar Tape:Saba red cloth

Brake Levers:Campagnolo with reproduction gum hoods from Hilary Stone
Brake Calipers:Campagnolo Record

Shifters:Campagnolo DT
Front Derailleur:Campagnolo 4-hole cage on braze-on mount
Rear Derailleur:Campagnolo Super Record
Chain:KMC
Cranks:First generation Dura-Ace
Chainrings:Dura-Ace black anodized drilled outer ring (currently 53-38)
Bottom Bracket:Shimano cartridge 113mm
Pedals: Red Look

Rims:Mavic SUP
Hubs:Shimano 105
Tyres:Michelin Axial Sport folders

Saddle:NOS White Turbo
Seatpost:Campag Aero
Seatpost Binder:Allen Key

Bottle Cage:?!

Weight:mid 20's lbs - depends on wheels fitted!
______


Attachments:
File comment: First try at spraying. Rubbish!!
FlandriaHomageFrame.1.A.jpg
FlandriaHomageFrame.1.A.jpg [ 163.93 KiB | Viewed 2355 times ]
FlandriaHomageBike.2.A.jpg
FlandriaHomageBike.2.A.jpg [ 237.7 KiB | Viewed 2355 times ]
Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 4:50 pm 
Old School Grand Master
User avatar

Joined: Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:41 pm
Posts: 8247
Location: Cumbria
Very nice :)

Sandy Gilchrist and a few other UK riders used to have their own names on their frames. Mostly we stuck our names on the top tube in letters about 8mm high :)

If you get bored of the 1st Gen chainset let me know :D

Shaun


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 5:02 pm 
retrobike rider
retrobike rider
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:19 am
Posts: 1200
Location: Worthing, W.Sussex
Very nice in concept, and execution

Dave


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:43 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:46 pm
Posts: 962
Location: Montpellier, France
Very timely post for me, as it turns out my Urago might not be an Urago but a frame sold by a little-known shop or builder in Antibes called Michel Chenu. So I'm about to do the same as you - choose a typeface etc.

The end result looks great there Ned. 8)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:55 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:27 am
Posts: 414
Location: Staffordshire
Very nice, Paul.
Nice build.

Mike..


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:09 am 
Retro Guru

Joined: Tue Dec 21, 2010 6:31 pm
Posts: 1112
Very nicely done. Just saw one of the originals at the RVV Centre. One
of the classic paint/colour schemes.

Johnny


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:07 am 
Retro Guru

Joined: Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:56 pm
Posts: 1032
Location: West Yorkshire
Nice job, I look forward to seeing it in the flesh on Sunday.

Mark.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 2:52 pm 
rider | rBoTM Winner
rider | rBoTM Winner
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:42 pm
Posts: 5133
Location: Wakefield, Yorkshire
daccordimark wrote:
Nice job, I look forward to seeing it in the flesh on Sunday.

Mark.


Oh no you won't! Tried a 28t rear sprocket - which the SR mech will take BTW - but the chain length overall is to critical! I think it is the wide 52/38 chainrings that the SR mech doesn't like. If it's OK on the 28 it's no good on the 13. Not enough tension on the cage for such a wide difference.

Perhaps I'll have to fit my old Crane mech instead.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:49 am 
Retro Guru

Joined: Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:56 pm
Posts: 1032
Location: West Yorkshire
If you're feeling flush you could top it off with one of these:

http://www.prendas.co.uk/details.asp?ty ... =7&ID=1383

Mark.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:01 pm 
rider | rBoTM Winner
rider | rBoTM Winner
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:42 pm
Posts: 5133
Location: Wakefield, Yorkshire
daccordimark wrote:
If you're feeling flush you could top it off with one of these:

http://www.prendas.co.uk/details.asp?ty ... =7&ID=1383

Mark.


I suppose I could - but I've already got one of these (at half the price :wink: )

Guess who designed it and where the inspiration came from 8)


Attachments:
Club Jersey.A.jpg
Club Jersey.A.jpg [ 103.32 KiB | Viewed 1995 times ]
Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 15 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 15 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

About Us

Follow Retrobike

Other cool stuff

All content © 2005-2015 Retrobike unless otherwise stated.
Cookies Policy.
bikedeals - the best bike deals in one place
FatCOGS - Fat Chance Owner's Group

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group